This is Part 1 of a 4-part series
Here’s a startling statistic: Dr. Barry McCarthy, co-author of Male Sexual Awareness, found that two out of three men believe their dick is smaller than average. Isn’t that astonishing? How is that possible? I suppose given this culturally induced big dick bias, it’s no wonder why men of almost every historical age and society have been obsessed with disguising their shortcomings, or trying to develop a method to compensate for what they consider to be their inadequacy?
Around two thousand years ago, men of several tribes in Africa popularized the practice of hanging a weight from their cock. Actually, many historians believe the practice harkens back to ancient Egypt. The Pharaohs were known to stretch their cock and balls using weights to increase sexual pleasure. Lots of guys do this very thing today; for pleasure enrichment, not necessarily for endowment enhancement.
Hanging a weight from the end of your cock (and/or balls) will stretch the tissues that make up your shaft (and/or sack); it’s gravity at work. But this can be dangerous because this practice can diminish the circulation of oxygen-rich blood, which is essential for the upkeep of the smooth muscle tissue.
And this kind of tissue makes up about 90% of your cock. This technique essentially robs Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. What lengthening might be accomplished comes at the expense of your dick’s thickness. Just stands to reason, you have only so much cock to work with. If you pull on it, it may get longer, but it’ll also get thinner.
Several other cultures document stretching techniques. There’s the Tao Method of China, supposedly based on Taoist philosophy. This technique includes spiritual concentration, breathing exercises, as well as grasping and pulling on one’s dong. The Polynesians use a woven device, much like a “Chinese finger trap.” They stick their dick in one end of the tube and dangle a weight from the other end.
A modern variation of the age-old stretching techniques is the traction method. A guy puts his cock in a kind of noose and either straps his wiener to his leg, or hooks it up to a traction device; which looks way too much like a torture device for my tastes. The claim here is that constant stretching makes the cells in this area divide and multiply, thus increasing the tissue mass. There’s no arguing with the concept, people have been using this method for centuries as a means of adorning and customizing their bodies, particularly lips and ears. Consider the women of the Surma tribe in Ethiopia who wear lip plates. Their lower lip is pierced when they are young girls and stretched with ever-larger plates over time. But what they gain in beauty, they loose in sensitivity. The same thing is true of a guy’s cock. What he may gain in size he may loose in sensitivity. And that’s not a good thing.
The Jelq or Milking technique is an ancient method of penis enlargement practiced in the Middle East. Traditionally it was taught father to son when the kid reached adolescence. Wealthy families sent their boys to a “Mehbil,” a gym or health club where a highly-train attendant would perform the Jelq technique on the boy each day. As a result of these daily treatments the kid’s dick would develop to dimensions not otherwise attained without the method. Modern day advocates of this technique claim that milking also works on the fully developed adult penis, but I have my reservations. The Jelq involves massaging the semi-erect cock in a rhythmic and regular manner, enhancing blood flow within the shaft. The claim is that after several months of this, one could see a size increase, both in girth and length. Long-time practitioners claim gains of several inches in length are possible, but one can only imagine how many hours that might take over the course of a year or longer. Effective Jelqing demands an hour or more each day for exercises. I mean, who has that kind of free time on his hands? No wonder most men fail to complete their Jelqing programs.
Penis enlargement pills and patches proliferate on internet, but there is virtually no documented evidence that they work. All such products use herbal ingredients, like ginkgo biloba and yohimbe, which act as stimulants and vasodilators. The best one can claim is that some pills may enhance blood flow, which may, in some cases, cause an ever-so-slightly bigger woody. Once a program like this is started, it needs to be continued for as long as you want the effect to continue. Imagine how much that would cost; this stuff is expensive.
Finally, the early 20th century brings the advent of modern technology to the “treatment” of impotence, or as we currently know it: erectile dysfunction. Please note, all the devices and surgical interventions of the last 100 years were initially designed to treat ED. Only later did folks begin to use these interventions as male enhancement schemes. Take the Austrian inventor Otto Ledever for example. He reasoned that if a stiffy was all about blood flow then maybe he could come up with a device that would draw blood into a cock creating an erection where there wasn’t one before.
In 1917, our hero patented an airtight cylinder topped by a bulb that created a vacuum within the chamber. Insert a limp dick – pump, pump, pump and tada! An impressive erection resulted. There was a rub, however. When the vacuum was eliminated and the cylinder removed, the “faux-erection” drained away nearly as quickly as it arrived. It was only a matter of time till he discovered that ya gotta constrict the flow of blood back into the body once the unit was engorged. And that, my friends was the birth of the modern cock ring! Isn’t science amazing?